Upcoming Events 2017
Saturday, August 5, 2017|
Who: New Mexico Genealogolical Society Presents: A Salute to the Military
Presentation by Nancy R. Bartlit: "Silent Voices of World War II: from New Mexico
to the Philippines”
Description: Nancy's talk will describe the New Mexico Guardsmen who were sent to the
Philippians in the fall of 1941, and who were forced to surrender to the Japanese forces
on April 9, 1942, on the Bataan Peninsula. Her photos depict the camps where the POWs
were sent, and of the ceremony in Santa Fe in their honor every April 9th.
Special Collections Library
Central & Edith
Henrietta M. Christmas
Tuesday, October 10, 2017|
Who: The Best Little Book Club
Presentation by Nancy R. Bartlit: "Silent Voices of WWII: Who Were They and How Did
the Authors Come to Tell Their Stories?"
Home of Sylvia Johnson
(address to come)
Santa Fe, NM
Tana Mendes Bidwell, President
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (Photo at left: Navajo Code Talker Fred Billey, an educator.)|
Who: By invitation of the San Juan County Historical Society
Presentation by Nancy R. Bartlit: "Silent Voices of World War II: The Navajo
Code Talkers' Indispensable Secret Role in the Pacific Theater”
Description: From 1942 until the end of World War II the Navajo code was never broken by
the enemy. Between 350–420 young Navajo U.S. Marines, trained in a unique language, fought
from Guadalcanal through Okinawa, a territory of Japan. Their military commander claimed
that they shortened the war by a year.
She'll describe how the code was initiated by the original 29 Navajo U.S. Marine radiomen
who had deep knowledge of Navajo culture and environment, how the number of code talkers
expanded to serve in six Marine divisions forcing increased vocabulary as new technology
was introduced on the battlefield, and how the "code-within-a-code" protected its secrecy.
With precise accuracy the code was put to use in the Pacific theater allowing the allied forces
to island hop and get closer to target Japan.
Bartlit wil wrap up this story by revealing exactly what happened to the code talkers
following the war.
Aztec Senior Community Center
101 S. Park Ave.
Aztec, New Mexico 87410